Nick Barnes Looks to Make a Name for Himself in RFA 43 Title Fight

September 7, 2016

For his Resurrection Fighting Alliance debut this past June, former Bellator MMA welterweight Nick Barnes was able to step into a new promotion and have a solid performance, building off the win he picked up to cap off last year.

Against Jose Diaz, Barnes was able to pick up a unanimous decision victory. And while he’s pleased with the win, Barnes believes that just winning isn’t always good enough.

“It was definitely a tough fight,” Barnes said to MMAWeekly.com. “I really wanted to keep it standing with (Lopez). I moved around and tried to feel him out a little bit.

“I’m always happy with a W; the win is always awesome.  I am the kind of guy who likes to finish fights, so it kind of bummed me out that I wasn’t able to finish it and had to go to a decision.”

Barnes (11-1) will look to pick up his first major championship when he returns to the RFA on Friday in Broomfield, Colorado, to take on Brian Camozzi (6-2) in a 170-pound title fight in the RFA 43 main event.

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“Camozzi is a tall guy, he looks like he’s a kickboxer, and he loves his range and working his kicks,” said Barnes. “So I’m definitely going to be looking to make sure my defense is up. I have good footwork. I want to work on my angles and my quick in-and-out motions.”

Coming from sea level in California, stepping up to the mile high altitude of Colorado could present a problem for Barnes, but he feels he’s sufficiently prepared for the task.

“The elevation is definitely going to be a factor,” Barnes said. “(Camozzi has) got the advantage of living up there. I am coming from San Diego, so my focus this whole camp has primarily been working on my cardio.

“I’ve been making sure I do all the things I can to strengthen my lungs. I know I probably won’t beat his cardio, so now my main goal this camp was to make sure my body still moving when I’m tired.”

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Winning a title in the RFA could be a big boost to Barnes’ career. And while he’s trying to put the chance of moving up to a bigger show out of his mind, he admits that it’s added motivation for picking up the win on Friday night.

“I would like to say that I always take fights one fight at a time,” he said. “I don’t like looking ahead. I really want to put all my focus into Brian, and whatever happens, happens after that.

“I feel like the RFA is a great opportunity to make a name for yourself, and you have a high opportunity going up to the UFC and everything. I do want to focus on Brian, but I do feel that if this goes my way, I will have a great chance of going on to those bigger shows.”

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